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The Heat Is On (Bonus: Blame It on the Bikini)

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The Heat is On by Jill Shalvis

Bella Manchelli didn't stick, not to places, or to people. Even though she liked the coastal town of Santa Rey, California, and her job as a pastry chef, she never made promises and she never got hurt. So when she signed up for Eight Dates in Eight Days, it was just for fun. And when she went home with Date Eight, she crept out of his room in
ebook, Re-issue Edition, 480 pages
Published June 24th 2013 by Harlequin (first published January 1st 2010)
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I really like Jill Shalvis's writing. She knows how to write fun and sexy stories with very likable characters, and The Heat Is On was no exception. Jacob and Bella's chemistry was off the charts but believable, and I was very satisfied with their HEA. The mystery surrounding the dead body found at her back door was easy to figure out, but that was OK since the main focus of this story is the romance between Jacob and Bella. All in all, this was another good read by one of my favorite authors.

Lisa Kay
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★★★★☆ (This is a review of the audiobook.) It isn’t easy to read steamy romance; not every reader can pull it off. Nevertheless, Gayle Hendrix does a really nice job on this one. I’ve never heard her read before, but I went as far as to see what else she has narrated. She does a nice job with inflection and conveying those notes in a character’s voice when they think something is funny, worrisome, sad, perplexing, sexy, or ironic.

Isabella Manchelli – or Bella – isn’t one to stick a
I cannot believe I didn't read this book before, it was a pretty good read and connected to a novella I read, as in the hero here has a lot of brother's and I have read the stories of one brother, I do hope there are stories in store for the others.

Anyways, the heroine is a pastry chef for now, she has this travel gene and not putting down roots. She comes from a big family and being the youngest felt kind of rootless even though she knows her family adores her. She likes her new job and friends
Aug 27, 2010 Janna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's been a while since I read a Blaze romance, but I still enjoy the light and easy reads Harlequin has to offer. This was a hot little story with some suspense thrown in the mix. The killer/stalker storyline was a bit simple and too easy to figure out, but that was okay. Jacob's and Bella's chemistry made up for that entirely! Both were great protags and together they were smexy! My only niggle concerns the wrap-up of Bella and Jacob's HEA: I thought that the 'misunderstanding' was a bit artif ...more
Laura (Kyahgirl)
3.25/5; 3 stars; B

This was the first Jill Shalvis book I've ever read. I wanted to check her out after reading good reviews by several people I follow on GR. This was the only one on the shelf at my library so I picked it up.

It was a well done, fast paced contemporary romance. I liked it. I liked this author and definitely want to read more of her.
Pas membaca buku ini, dan melihat nama tokohnya Bella dan Jacob, saya harap-harap cemas jangan-jangan ini fan fictionnya Twilight lagi...

Bella menjalani Delapan Kencan dari biro perjodohan. Dan baru semalam dia mengakhiri kencan ke-delapannya dengan perasaan puas. Mungkin lebih dari puas. Tapi sudah menjadi kebiasaan Bella untuk tidak menetap di suatu tempat, termasuk di Santa Rey ini. Jadi, dia berbohong akan pindah ke Siberia kepada pria tinggi, berkulit gelap dan seksi setengah mati itu.

Mar 28, 2017 Afifah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
unexpectedly good
Let me get this random thought out of the way first...the character's names. Bella...Jacob; Bella...Jacob...Whaaaa??? Wait was I reading Twilight this week LOL? You think this means Ms. Shalvis is Team Jacob?

In this day and age of social networking and hooking up, on-line dating seems like the perfect way for Bella Manchelli and Jacob Madden to meet. In The Heat is On, Bella's experience can best be summed up by: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly.

The Good:
As someone who never stays in one place lon
Sep 07, 2010 Sabrina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is what a Harlequin Blaze is all about - sexy, fun and with the kind of heroine you'd love to have as one of your girlfriends. Jill Shalvis is a damn good author and I really enjoyed this story that started with a bang, literally, and never let up.

You'll root for both the hero and heroine and I couldn't find a thing I didn't like about them. I loved how realistic Police Officer Jacob Madden was and Bella was like the embodiment of a lot of modern women today - feeling restless, wantin
Jul 26, 2016 Cheri rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Both of the stories in this book are really cute.

In the Jill Shalvis book The Heat Is On, things happen fast. For the most part that's a good thing, but the story seems rushed in a few places. Especially the end. But I'm not going to complain because this was a fun and quick read, perfect for the beach.

In the Natalie Anderson book Blame It On The Bikini, I found the beginning a bit confusing. In fact, if I hadn't read the description I may not have known what was happening. I'm happy to say it g
May 14, 2013 Pamela rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed, kindle
The title of the book describes the story to a tee as it's absolutely sizzling. Wow! I loved the way the author starts off the novel; that the one-night stand between the two protagonists, Bella and Jacob, has already taken place. Instead, she has the two already reliving the passion between the two right off the bat, and when Jacob arrives on the scene - let's just say I'm surprised my Kindle didn't start smoking. Don't fret ladies, you still have a front row seat to some hot sizzling sex betwe ...more
*3.5 Stars*

This was a nice story, not exceptional, but nothing wrong either. It may be suffering a little in my opinion because the book I was reading while I was listening to this one was very similar, but just had a little more substance. Both the hero and heroine were very likable, but I would have been happier if they had spoken their feelings sooner. They both wanted the same thing, but were afraid to say it.

I listened to the audio of this book, the narrator, Gayle Hendrix, was just ok to m
Other than the somewhat overused "irresistible chemistry" thing, this was a very enjoyable story. Well-written and well-paced. I did figure out the suspense pretty early on, but that's okay. I loved both main characters, and would liked to have seen more of Willow and even Ethan. The shorter series format doesn't leave much room for secondary character development, but Shalvis did a lot with the limited space. I also liked how Jacob pulled himself from the case. That seemed realistic.

There are
Not bad, though Bella's insistence that Jacob tell her he needed her to stay with him (when she herself told him over and over she was only going to be temporary, and never once indicated to him that she was beginning to feel differently) got to be a bit much. I also wasn't crazy about the narration. I might have given it a higher rating--a half star, most likely--if I'd read the print or ebook instead; the narrator had odd little quirks that annoyed.

Still, though, it was a decent story with fun
Sep 09, 2013 Darcy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, 2013
This book is based only on the story by Jill Shalvis.

I thought this one was cute. For some reason I really loved Bella's Siberia excuse, especially when she was busted with it. I liked how things seemed to progress with Bella and Jacob, with the police and Jacob's brothers butting in and with Bella running away. I especially loved it when fantasy #2 was ruined by one brother. The ending was just right for this one.
Sep 10, 2011 Bri rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
4.5 stars

Loved the hero & heroine in this story - like, a lot. Unique storyline, just long enough to keep me interested, but not so long as to frustrate. Sexy, fun, flirty and funny.
Aug 17, 2010 Toni rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved the relationship between Jacob and Bella. Their sexual tension makes the book blazing! I really enjoyed it!
Ashley F
This review was posted at Tsuki’s Book Blog on August 2, 2013.

The Heat Is On:

I'm a big fan of cooking romances. There is something incredibly sexy about falling in love in the kitchen. While I enjoyed this book immensely it was not the sort of cooking romance I look forward to. This was much more of a romantic suspense than a contemporary romance. While I have nothing against romantic suspense and often enjoy them when I choose to read them, this was not what I expected.

I did, however, enjoy the
Oct 14, 2010 LynnMarie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Christy’s Review

From the first line of The Heat is On I was hooked. This is the second story of Ms. Shalvis that I have read and I absolutely loved it. The chemistry between Bella and Jacob was steamy from the beginning.

Bella’s character is of a young woman with a large family who moves around from place to place. She’s never really put down roots anywhere. The story is set in Santa Rey, California and Bella’s working for Willow the owner of Edible Bliss Cakes and Pastries as a pastry chef. She
Anna Marie
Jan 24, 2014 Anna Marie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
CUTE book with fast-paced story and lots of sizzle.

Bella is a girl with wanderlust - she never stays in one place for very long. Working as a pastry chef in Santa Rey, she signs up for 'Eight dates in Eight Days'. All of the men are nice, but nothing special... until Date #8. When she finds herself smitten... which is why she runs.

Next day, Date #2 shows up dead with a handful of flowers on the pastry shop doorstep. And who should the cop in charge of homicide happen to be but Date #8. The story
Marta Fabianek
Jill Shalvis' The Heat is On:
3.5 stars
I enjoyed that one, the suspense part of it was new to me from that author, but was a definitely good twist and I liked the characters. :)

Natalie Anderson's Blame it on the Bikini:
2.5 stars
This one just wasn't for me. I'm sure others may enjoy it, but it felt to me like I've read such a story a couple of times before, be it as a main story or as a side story of a book and it was just a bit too... can I say cliché? Rich guy who can have every woman, poor girl
Lynn Spencer
Feb 16, 2014 Lynn Spencer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: category-romance
3.5 stars Definitely a fun read! The hero and heroine had definite chemistry and I enjoyed this book quite a bit most of the way through. One night stands turning to long-term romance is not a favorite trope of mine (probably because I've seen it go badly for friend of mine way too many times), but Shalvis handles it far better than most.

In this book, the hero and heroine are thrown together on a blind date through a singles club and the progression of their relationship actually does feel beli
Jul 19, 2011 Shxrxn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
God, please let me find the bones in my knees so I don’t collapse to the floor in a puddle of longing…
- Bella
That’s sweet.
- Bella
- Jacob
What’s wrong with being called sweet?
- Bella
Not something I’m accused of all that often.
- Jacob
You shouldn’t have to change who you are for a relationship.
- Bella
Faking is nothing but a polite lie designed to avoid hurting anyone’s feelings.
- Bella
Are you saying you need me to stay, or you want me to stay?
- Bella
Real‐life shit can’t be run off a careful, m
Sam Kozbial
Jun 08, 2016 Sam Kozbial rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, rom-com
I am currently on a Shalvis binge and loving it. Her books are so fun and sexy, and I never fail to fall in love with her characters.

Our heroine, Bella is a woman with no roots. She does a dating club stint, 8 dates in 8 days. Her 8th date, aka tall, dark, and sexy is a one night stand Bella does not regret, as she plans to never see him again, right? Wrong! The next day, Bella discovers the body of one of her 8 dates, and tall, dark, and sexy, aka Jacob, is the detective on the scene.

The two
May 07, 2011 Hilcia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Heat is On is another hot and sexy Blaze by Jill Shalvis and part of her Santa Rey series. The story of Bella the sexy baker, and Jacob the Tall, Dark and Drop Dead Sexy Detective begins hot, sizzles through the middle and ends in a scorching heap. There's a dead body, shootings and a need for protection (lots of protection). Great chemistry, baking, some role play, action and romance.

Bella's the type of woman who moves on from town to town and doesn't commit to relationships. Jacob is a co
D.B. Reynolds
Jan 20, 2014 D.B. Reynolds rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another lovely contemporary from Jill Shalvis. This one a romantic suspense in which pastry chef Bella Manchelli agrees to 8 dates in 8 nights as part of a charity fundraiser, and then begins to find the bodies of her dates on her doorstep. As always, Shalvis's characters are immediately accessible to the reader. We care about these people, we share their joy, we feel their pain, and sometimes we yell at them to get off their asses and go for their HEA. There are a couple of obvious red herrings ...more
Dec 07, 2013 Linda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A funny and sexy story between two people who were not into long-term commitments. Bella Manchelli never stays in one place too long and doesn’t want to commit to a long-term relationship. When she takes part in an 8 Days 8 Dates program for singles, she doesn’t feel any "zing" until date number eight known as Jacob. That date ended in mind-blowing sex. The next day, she finds that Jacob Madden is a detective when he comes to investigate the murder of a man found at Bella’s back door. Yes, the " ...more
Hannah M.
The Heat is On by Jill Shalvis was a fun read from Shalvis. I absolutely love Shalvis’s romances as I have ever since that first one last year. In The Heat is On, someone is targeting free spirit Bella Machelli’s dates from a blind date program, Eight Dates in Eight Days. One morning she finds one of her dates outside the pastry shop she works at and when she calls the police, none other than her final date – the one who she had a one night stand with – shows up revealing himself as a detective. ...more
Jan 18, 2014 Karla rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: category-romance
Bella is a bit of a nomad, never sticking around for very long or forming any attachments. In her newest location she attracts the attention of someone who becomes obsessed with her and she requires police protection. Now she is spending time with police detective Jacob and wondering if she has finally found a home...

Bella's motivation for never settling down was a bit murky, but Jacob's character was excellent. He likes Bella's sense of humor and fun and pretty quickly wants a relationship with
Princess Thuy
Mar 08, 2014 Princess Thuy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Heat is On: A fun and hot read with a great mystery to solve. Couldn't put it down until the mystery was solved and lots of fun and loving in between. Loved every minute. Jacob and Bella were scorching together.

Bonus book by Natalie Anderson (Blame it on the Bikini): This story was so cute. Loved that it took place in New Zealand. Natalie accidently sends a picture of herself in a hot bikini to her high school crush, who is her best friend's older brother. He never noticed her before but he
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“Maybe you were frisking her," Ethan suggested with a smile.

In return, Jacob suggested something with his middle finger.

"Huh. Again with the no comment," Ethan noted. "Maybe she wore out your tongue?”
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